Petaling Jaya's UV Index hits 11! What about Ipoh?
Our Blog Administrator, who had been monitoring our Malaysian Meteorological Department's daily UV (Solar Ultraviolet) Index readings for Petaling Jaya in the last few weeks, showed us something interesting yesterday. Right after some of our team members had terrible headaches, a common symptom of heat stroke.
Petaling Jaya's UV Index hits Extreme 11!
According to our Malaysian Meteorological Department, Petaling Jaya was bombarded with intense, very harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation and it peaked around 2 PM yesterday with an UVI reading of 11!
How significant is an UVI reading of 11?
Now, here's something quiet strange.
If we go by the information given by our Malaysian Meteorological Department, one will get the impression that an UVI reading of 11 is nothing serious and our Malaysian Meteorological Department only warned visitors to avoid unnecessary exposure to UV radiation especially during midday hours.
However, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave even more detailed information regarding the UV Index Scale. Please compare their interpretations and guidelines with the one provided by our Malaysian Meteorological Department.
A UV Index reading of 11 or higher means extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Try to avoid sun exposure during midday hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 liberally every 2 hours.
Take all precautions. Unprotected skin can burn in minutes. Beachgoers should know that white sand and other bright surfaces reflect UV and will increase UV exposure.
Try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Seek shade, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
Please bear in mind that the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) UV Index Scale conforms with the World Health Organization standards.
As you can see, an UVI reading of 11 is extremely dangerous but many Malaysians are not aware of its danger since they are not well-informed about it. We can hardly blame the common people for being clueless, after all, nobody mentions or highlights the seriousness of the situation to the common people!
The question is, WHY?
What about the current UVI readings for Ipoh?
Yes, that is the question that is bugging the team of Ipoh Happenings at the moment.
We couldn't fathom why our Malaysian Meteorological Department could provide daily UVI readings for Petaling Jaya but couldn't provide the same information for other major cities in Malaysia.
We also couldn't figure out why historical data of past UVI readings recorded anywhere in the country is not made public or published online by our Malaysian Meteorological Department.
Strange, very strange.
Right now, we could only assume that the current high UV radiation bombarding Petaling Jaya has something to do with the burning hot weather hitting Ipoh at the moment. On Twitter for an example, many Twitter users here had been tweeting much about the hot burning Ipoh weather.
Is the situation here in Ipoh far worse than Petaling Jaya?